Responding to Increased Customer Demand, Level 3 Adds 1.65 Tbps of Global Capacity and Brings Additional International Locations onto CDN
BROOMFIELD, Colo., Nov. 2, 2010 – Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: LVLT) today announced that as a result of increased customer demand, it has added significant capacity and five new network locations to its content delivery network (CDN).
The completion of the augment and installations has added 1.65 Terabits per second (Tbps) of globally available Level 3 CDN capacity. As part of the augment, Level 3 has also added two Canadian cities (Toronto and Montreal) and three European cities (Brussels, Munich and Hamburg) to its CDN. Almost all of the investment to complete this project was incurred in the third quarter of this year.
In the past year, Level 3 has seen an uptick in event and steady-state demand from the media, entertainment and gaming industries. Much of the increased demand is being driven by the success of Level 3’s high-quality adaptive streaming deployments (Microsoft® IIS Smooth Streaming, Adobe® Flash® Media Server 3.5 and Apple® HTTP live) and the rapid adoption of Level 3’s end-to-end Internet Broadcast service offering.
“Level 3 has had the privilege of serving some of the largest consumers of bandwidth for a number of years. We play very close attention to their needs to build delivery solutions that take account of the way our customers’ businesses are changing and adapting,” said Mark Taylor, vice president of Content and Media at Level 3. “We have seen a significant increase in demand for our CDN services this year. With this rate of growth and with customer needs in mind, Level 3 will continue to develop CDN capabilities, add capacity and improve performance for all of our customers.”
“Level 3 has been a trusted CDN vendor of the Disney group of companies for some time,” said Bud Albers, chief technology officer of Disney Connected and Advanced Technologies. “We’ve been particularly impressed with their work to deliver major online events as well as video-on demand. We’re encouraged by their customer service and their continued willingness to invest in a platform that is vital for many parts of our business.”
For more information on Level 3’s CDN services, please visit www.Level3Delivers.com.
About Level 3 Communications
Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) is a leading international provider of fiber-based communications services. Enterprise, content, wholesale and government customers rely on Level 3 to deliver services with an industry-leading combination of scalability and value over an end-to-end fiber network. Level 3 offers a portfolio of metro and long-haul services, including transport, data, Internet, content delivery and voice. For more information, visit www.Level3.com.
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